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Chambers of George Coates
Guildford Chambers

South Eastern Circuit > Family: children and domestic violence Tier 2

Guildford Chambers is ‘a strong set with a range of counsel with varying call years and the clerks who go above and beyond to utilise counsel and provide availability wherever they can’. Fiona Griffin is instructed in cases involving serious child injuries, sexual abuse and domestic abuse, while Christine Julien similarly is active in public law child work.

Leading Juniors

Fiona GriffinGuildford Chambers ‘Fiona is efficient, provides constant updates on a case to keep the solicitor informed and goes out of her way to advise on steps to assist the client’s case following the hearing. She is knowledgeable in care proceedings matters and does her best for her client.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew AustinGuildford Chambers 'Andrew has clear written and verbal communication skills. He is well-liked by clients and solicitors and builds rapport easily. He has strong negotiation skills and aims to resolve disputes at the earliest possible stage.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique GillanGuildford Chambers 'Dominique is quick to grasp the key issues in all cases. She is always well-prepared and very approachable. Her drafting of position statements and orders is good, and she is quick to build a rapport with any clients she represents.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Suzanne Kelly  –Guildford Chambers 'Suzanne has a sympathetic but direct way of working. She is comfortable in challenging opponents and is a strong advocate, obtaining good results for her clients.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Sophia O’Hagan –Guildford Chambers ‘Sophia is an extremely skilled and persuasive advocate who goes the extra mile for her clients. She is tenacious and dedicated and achieves fantastic results through her calm but robust approach. Her preparation is impeccable, with meticulous attention to detail.’
Ranked: Tier 5


‘Gavin Street is a shining star and will do his utmost to assist clients when needed, particularly when needing urgent cover or when cases have been listed at short notice. He is always able to help and is extremely flexible, which assists given the nature of the work.’

‘Simon Morris and Gavin Street work hard to provide an excellent service within chambers as the first point of contact.’

‘Guildford Chambers always tries to accommodate clients’ requests for representation (even at short notice) and has a good quality range of advocates. They do offer training courses as well.’

‘Excellent set with a good mix of counsel.’

‘The chamber has a good range of barristers with expertise in different areas of family law.’



Work highlights

South Eastern Circuit > Family: divorce and financial remedy Tier 3

Guildford Chambers has a ‘good range of barristers with expertise in different areas of family law’ who are ‘friendly, helpful and professional’. George Coates heads up the practice and is highly regarded for his excellent track record of handling high-value matrimonial finance cases. Hannah McSorley is also recommended.

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew AustinGuildford Chambers ‘Andrew is an extra miler. He provides a good rapport with the client and instructs solicitors.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Dominique GillanGuildford Chambers 'Dominique is always considered and thoughtful in her dealings with both acting solicitors and clients. She has good analysis and awareness of the law.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Hannah McSorleyGuildford Chambers 'Hannah is particularly good with clients and managing their expectations. She explains complicated law in a clear and precise manner.'
Ranked: Tier 4


‘Gavin Street and Simon Morris are very good.’

‘Clerks are exceptionally helpful. Gavin Street and Simon Morris go above and beyond.’

‘Gavin Street is a shining star and will do his utmost to assist the client, particularly when needing urgent cover or when cases are listed at short notice. He is always able to help and is extremely flexible, which assists given the nature of the work.’

‘The chambers has a good availability of counsel and a strong clerking team.’

‘Guildford Chambers is an excellent set with a good mix of counsel.’

‘Guildford Chambers are a strong set, and there is a range of counsel with varying call years, and the clerks go above and beyond to utilise counsel and provide availability wherever they can.’

Work highlights

South Eastern Circuit > Property and construction

Leading Juniors

Rowan MortonGuildford Chambers 'Rowan is second to none on TOLATA cases. She is very knowledgeable about the complexities of construction disputes and is always on hand to help with tactical and procedural decisions. She is a robust advocate and can deal with changes.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Guildford Chambers is a progressive, multi-disciplinary set of barristers, uniquely positioned to provide competitive and effective advocacy for individuals and businesses in the South East.

The set’s portfolio of clients value its collaborative approach and strong and successful working relationships. Guildford Chambers operates a system of specialist practice groups which ensure clients receive the best advice and advocacy from their chosen barrister. The set’s barristers and its experienced and responsive clerking team share an uncompromising attitude to quality and client service, with a sensible approach to cost. Chambers’ core fields of specialism are family, children and finance; property; wills, trusts and probate; commercial; personal injury and employment and regulatory.

Established in 1976, Guildford Chambers has a deserved reputation for excellence in its fields of practice, and a friendly, down-to-earth approach. It accepts instructions from solicitors in private or corporate practice and local authorities and prosecutes on behalf of many agencies. Its members appear in courts and tribunals, chair arbitrations and attend conferences at venues throughout the country, and some are part-time judges. We have the latest IT facilities and can conduct conferences and hearings remotely or from Chambers.  We undertake direct professional access work and welcomes direct instructions from surveyors, accountants, and members of other approved professional bodies. Members also undertake public access work.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Clerk Simon Morris
First junior Clerk Gavin Street
Head of Chambers COATES, George (1990)
Member of Chambers SMALLWOOD, Laura (1987)
Member of Chambers JULIEN, Christine (1991)
Member of Chambers SELLERS, Robin (1994)
Member of Chambers O'HAGAN, Sophia (1996)
Member of Chambers MOULDER, Paul (1997)
Deputy Head of Chambers GILLAN, Dominique (1998)
Member of Chambers MITCHELL, Christian (2001)
Member of Chambers GRIFFIN, Fiona (2003)
Member of Chambers MORTON, Rowan (2004)
Member of Chambers McLAUGHLIN, Victoria (2004)
Member of Chambers WALKER-HAWORTH, Jamie (2005)
Member of Chambers AUSTIN, Andrew (2009)
Member of Chambers McCAULEY, Christopher (2009)
Member of Chambers McSORLEY, Hannah (2010)
Member of Chambers HOLLAND, Nicola (2010)
Member of Chambers MOON, Sarah (2013)
Member of Chambers TRIM, Luke (2014)
Member of Chambers NOTHNAGLE, Nikola (2014)
Member of Chambers KHAN, Bilawal (2017)
Member of Chambers KELLY, Suzanne (2018)
Member of Chambers MATTHEWS, Ruth (2021)
Photo Name Position Profile
Andrew Austin photo Andrew Austin Family Andrew accepts instructions in family law, specialising in private children and…
George Coates photo George Coates Family George Coates specialises in financial remedies in divorce proceedings and related…
Dominique Gillan photo Dominique Gillan Dominique has developed an extensive practice in the field of ancillary relief.…
Fiona Griffin photo Fiona Griffin Fiona has considerable experience representing parents, grandparents, guardians and local authorities in…
Janet Haywood photo Janet Haywood Janet practises exclusively in family law, including children’s cases and domestic violence…
Nicola Holland photo Nicola Holland Nicola was graded ‘outstanding’ on the Bar Vocational Course and awarded the…
Michael Jones photo Michael Jones Family: Michael has experience in ancillary relief and conducting all matters in…
Christine Julien photo Christine Julien Christine has specialized in all areas of family law for the past…
Suzanne Kelly photo Suzanne Kelly Suzanne represents clients in all aspects of Family Law in particular children…
Bilawal Khan photo Mr Bilawal Khan Profile Bill is a barrister whose practice combines court advocacy and advisory…
Ruth Matthews photo Miss Ruth Matthews Profile Ruth joined Guildford Chambers as a tenant in October 2023 following…
Chris McCauley photo Chris McCauley Commercial and Company Christopher’s commercial practice has a chancery focus and his…
Victoria McLaughlin photo Victoria McLaughlin Ancillary relief: advising and acting in all aspects of ancillary relief and…
Hannah Mcsorley photo Hannah Mcsorley Hannah joined Chambers in 2011, having completed her pupillage in a leading…
Christian Mitchell photo Christian Mitchell Family: Christian Mitchell has extensive experience in both public and private aspects…
Sarah Moon photo Sarah Moon Sarah accepts instructions in all areas family law and has experience in…
Rowan Morton photo Rowan Morton Property Rowan has a diverse property practice that incorporates ToLATA, proprietary estoppel,…
Paul Moulder photo Paul Moulder Property Paul is regularly instructed by landlords and tenants in relation to…
Nikola Nothnagel photo Miss Nikola Nothnagel
Sophia O'Hagan photo Miss Sophia O'Hagan Profile Sophia has developed an extensive and respected practice in both public…
Robin Sellers photo Robin Sellers Crime: Robin has practised as a criminal barrister for over 20 years,…
Laura Smallwood photo Laura Smallwood Laura practised in London and then at Guildford Chambers, predominantly in landlord…
Luke Trim photo Luke Trim Luke joined Guildford Chambers in 2018 as a civil law pupil. Luke…
Jamie Walker-Haworth photo Jamie Walker-Haworth Personal Injury Prior to joining chambers, Jamie spent 8 years as an…
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